Promoting Responsible Alcohol Use

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is exploring ways to eliminate alcohol harm in the community and the impact alcohol harm has on emergency services. To find out more about alcohol harm click here.

The DHB’s Population Health team works on initiatives to reduce the harm caused by excessive use of alcohol.

This involves working with young people, parents, and the community, as well as organisations and individuals providing or selling alcohol at their premises/event. Councils, the Safe Communities network, Police and ACC work with the DHB.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) aims to improve New Zealand’s drinking culture and reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking. Specifically, the object of the Act is that:

  • the sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol should be undertaken safely and responsibly;
  • the harm caused by the excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol should be minimised.

The Population Health team process alcohol licensing requests for the DHB (including on-licences, off-licences, special licences, and club licences). We also undertake monitoring visits and controlled purchase operations with Police and local council District Licensing Inspectors. Find out more about Licensing and Host Responsibility.

The DHB promotes and advocates for the safe use of alcohol in the Hawke’s Bay community. Find out more about promoting safe alcohol use.